Toyota Camry 1983-1996 Repair Guide

Manual Steering Gear

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Except 4WD

See Figure 1

  1. Raise and support the vehicle safely. Remove the front wheels. Open the hood. Remove the 2 set bolts, and remove the sliding yoke from between the steering rack housing and the steering column shaft.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the manual steering gear assembly

  1. Remove the cotter pin and nut holding the knuckle arm to the tie rod end. Using a tie rod puller, disconnect the tie rod end from the knuckle arm.
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  3. Remove the steering gear housing brackets. Slide the gear housing to the right side and then to the left side to remove the housing.
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To install:
  1. Install the steering gear onto the body and support by hand.
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  3. On 1983-86 vehicles, install the left mounting bracket so that the flat surface is facing upward (paint mark on left side of the bracket down).
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  5. On 1987-92 vehicles, install the brackets in the same way they were removed.
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  7. Install the nuts and bolts and tighten them to 43 ft. lbs. (58 Nm).
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  9. Connect the tie rods to the steering knuckle with the castellated nut. Tighten the nut to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm) and install a new cotter pin. The prongs of the cotter pin should be firmly wrapped around the flats of the nut.
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  11. Install the universal joint and tighten the retaining bolts to 26-33 ft. lbs. (35-44 Nm).
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  13. Install the front wheels and lower the vehicle.
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  15. Adjust the toe-in and check the steering wheel center point.
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4WD
  1. Loosen the front wheel lug nuts. Raise the front of the vehicle and support the body with safety stands. Remove the front wheels.
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  3. Matchmark the universal joint with the control valve shaft. Loosen the upper U-joint set bolt and remove the lower bolt. Pull the U-joint upward from the control valve shaft.
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  5. Remove the cotter pin and nut holding the knuckle arm to the tie rod end. Using a tie rod puller, disconnect the tie rod end from the knuckle arm.
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  7. Disconnect the speedometer cable. Removal of the front exhaust pipe is required on some models.
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  9. Matchmark the driveshaft to the intermediate shaft flange. Remove the flange bolts, separate the flanges and pull the prop shaft out. Install SST No. 09325-20010 into the intermediate shaft.
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  11. If more clearance is required to remove the gear, jack up the front of the engine carefully. DO NOT over-tilt the engine.
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  13. Disconnect the steering gear support brackets. Slide the gear housing to the right to position the left tie rod end in the body panel. Then, pull the steering gear assembly through the opening in the left lower side of the vehicle body.
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CAUTION
Be careful not to damage the transaxle control cables.

  1. Remove the gear housing grommets.
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To install:
  1. Install the grommets to the gear housing.
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  3. Install the steering gear onto the body and tighten the mounting bracket bolts and nuts to 43 ft. lbs. (59 Nm).
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  5. Install the drive shaft making sure to align the matchmarks. Tighten the bolts to 54 ft. lbs. (74 Nm).
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  7. Connect the tie rod end to the knuckle arm and tighten to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm) Install new cotter pin.
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Align the matchmark on the universal joint and the control valve shaft. Push the U-joint downward onto the control valve shaft. Tighten the bolt to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).

  1. Install the front wheels onto the vehicle.
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  3. Adjust the toe-in and check the steering wheel center point.
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